Oct 28, 2013 9:00am PDT
a resolution through about that. what president obama has done inherited surveillance structure he said he was going to change but, in fact, has kept broadly intact. >> yeah. indeed in the "wall street journal" it says officials at the nsa has so many eavesdropping operations under way it wouldn't have been practical to brief him on all of them. these decisions are made at the nsa. the president doesn't sign off on this stuff. that protocol is now under review, the official added. you better bet that protocol under review. it does not seem like good security policy to have the president out of the loop on something like this, peter. >> that's right. the question is, is the president mad about this or not? how much is plausible denialability, or does he find it disturbing he doesn't know about it? does somebody lose a job? somebody called on the carpet. it has big effects, sweeping e-mails from abroad, metadata, to be reported as tapping into the phone calls of your peers on the international stage, that's a whole different level. >> frank, peter brings up a really important point. is the p
Oct 29, 2013 12:00pm EDT
responsible for healthcare.gov rollout became the first obama administration official to testify before congress. until today tavenner had largely avoided scrutiny from republicans who have instead preferred to train their fire on her boss kathleen sebelius. >> i understand you're not publicly releasing those numbers but i'm asking, do you have any idea of on a weekly basis how many people enrolled in how do you not know how many people have enrolled? >> we'll have those numbers available mid november. >> while the sniping over the website persists in committee, republican leadership is out with a new message. we're over the website. >> the problem with obama care isn't just the website, it's the whole law. >> the bottom line is the problems with obama care run deeper than just the website. >> the problems go well beyond a flopped website. >> it is clear obama care and flaws are much more than the website. the website is the tip of the iceberg. >> this week republicans smelled blood in president obama's claim no americans would be kicked off their existing plans. >> let me repeat this.
Nov 4, 2013 9:00am PST
after president obama's election. medicare's top risk analyst, it was the president's most significant domestic policy achievement and the very aides that pushed the law through congress were risking bad implementation for a short-term political gain. regarding the president's infamous promise if you like it, you can keep it, some white house policy advisers objected to the breadth of keep your plan, they were overruled. in recent days, current aides have downplayed or dismissed the damage of those words. >> the vast majority of americans that statement will hold true. for this small group of americans it hasn't. the calamitous thing here the website wasn't up. many of those people who have to transition will get better insurance for less money but they can't tell now. >> any debate regarding the president's statement ever took place. >> i don't recall significant discussions around some of the verbiage on this to be 100% honest with you. >> do you agree it was a wrong move? >> certainly. >> one former senior administration official said the law is crafted by white house and lawmakers,
Oct 30, 2013 9:00am PDT
. do you agree with this kind of advertising for obama care? >> i can't see it. again -- >> it's a college student doing a keg stand. >> if the colorado exchange did that, they're a state-based marketplace. >> do you aprof of this kind of advertising? >> i don't see it. i don't know what it is. i did not approve it. this is a state-based marketplace. >> that's pretty big font. that's a big picture of a keg. you can't see it? >> do i approve of it? i've never seen it. >> you have the ability to opt out, by the way, as a federal employee. i encourage you to make that decision. >> if i have available employer based coverage -- >> i would like to submit a waiver for the fourth congressional district. >> gentleman's time has expired. >> does your policy cover -- never mind. >> mr. mathison. >> thank you, mr. chairman. madam secretary, thanks for your time. i just want to ask on the issue of the fixes to healthcare.gov, we've had a lot of conversation about that today. we've talked about confidence levels for being ready by a certain time. i think one question a lot of us have is, ca
Nov 1, 2013 9:00am PDT
political leanings. they wanted to refuse president obama any more appointments to appeals court. that's because the court oversees most agencies, health care, financial reform to the irs and epa. underscoring the importance of the d.c. circuit court, four of the nine supreme court justices served on it. but rather than than admit to their fear obama appointee might shift the balance away from them, republicans have cooked up a sketchy, mostly absurd argument that filling an empty seat amounts to court packing. because you know, the second most important court in the land is not busy. why do they need all those judges anyway. >> presently there's enough judges to go around. there's plenty of reasons not to fill any more seats on this court. >> he's trying to pack the court in order to affect the outcomes. if you're going to try to jam three additional judges on the court that are not needed, second most important court in the nation to change the outcome of decisions and rubber stamp the administration's expansive policies, i don't know what else you'd call it other than court packing.
Oct 31, 2013 9:00am PDT
his father rafael's comparison of president obama to cuban dictator fidel castro. ted cruz's seasonably appropriate sieve zealot costume is not exactly frightening democrats who see cruz and his descendants as the enof the gop at least according to majority leader harry reid. >> if i didn't care so much for our country, i would hope he would get the republican party nomination. that would be the end of the republican party. >> indeed with his turn at the captain's wheel signs of a party decline are coming into view. according to latest nbc news "wall street journal" poll, the public's view of the republican party has reached another all-time low garnering just 2 % approval rating. at the same time "new york times" reporting that the democratic party is enjoying something of a boomlet in newly declared candidacies for congress in red states. almost all of the democratic candidates, the "times" reports, driven to run over disgust over cruz's shutdown strategy. if i ever see ted cruz all i'm going to say is thank you, thank you, said nebraska democratic chairman. i would have